Rivera Becomes UW's First Four-Time All-American In Softball

June 2, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- Fifty-four players have been named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams, including Washington catcher Kristen Rivera. The awards were announced Thursday afternoon on ESPN between the opening two games of the NCAA Division I softball Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member, NCAA Division I coaching representatives, based on nominations from the 2005 season.

Rivera becomes the first Husky to become a four-time All-American in softball and the first to receive three first team awards. Rivera was a second team selection in 2002.

Rivera, a senior from Perris, Calif., concluded her collegiate career last weekend when Washington fell to top-ranked Michigan in the third and deciding game of the Super Regional in Ann Arbor. Rivera holds seven school records including career (79), season (25) and game (3) home runs, career (180), season (68) and game (4) walks, and season on-base percentage (.593). She appears 26 times on the UW all-time charts and ranks second all-time with 233 career runs batted in, .812 slugging percentage and .523 on-base percentage.

She leads the nation with 1.19 walks per game and ranks second in slugging percentage (.913) and home runs per game (0.37). Rivera's 0.95 runs batted in per game rank 23rd.

Rivera was the 2005 Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year and was the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year. She is the only Husky to ever receive the award. Rivera was a three-time top-10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award and is a two-time recipient of the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award.

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